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Jessie Roelofs

Plastic Times Call for Plastic (Free) Measures

"Excited to find new ways to reduce my plastic consumption!"

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    19
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Jessie's Actions

Personal Care

Choose Plastic-Free Deodorant

I will use deodorant that is a plastic-free bar, in a tin or a jar, or I will make my own.

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One-Time Action

Community

Pick Up Plastic Litter

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of plastic litter each day and dispose of it responsibly.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my low-waste actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Footprint

I will complete a plastic consumption calculator to learn about my plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about plastic waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Make Green Cleaners

I will make  1 of my own cleaning products (cleaners, detergents, soaps) instead of buying them in new spray bottles each time.

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One-Time Action

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    Jessie Roelofs 2/13/2021 2:32 PM
    My mother in law gave me this beautiful flower "cake" for my birthday that came on a specialized plastic cake stand that wouldn't work for real cakes. Once the flowers died I reached out to see if the floral shop could reuse it and they were very happy to do so. I think this challenge has helped me to think through the disposal process more than I might otherwise.

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    Jessie Roelofs 2/06/2021 2:50 PM
    Hi friends! One of our teammates and I were just sharing some of our favorite media about plastic waste and I thought I'd share them with you as well!

    Planet Money | Wasteland: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/912150085/waste-land
    Frontline/PBS Special "Plastic Wars": https://youtu.be/-dk3NOEgX7o
    Throughline | The Litter Myth: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/757539617/the-litter-myth

    What have you watched, read, or listened to about waste reduction that has made an impact on you?

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    Jessie Roelofs 2/03/2021 3:20 PM
    Has anyone heard how dental professionals feel about tooth tabs? I really like them, but I also want to make sure they are effective and not harming my enamel ...
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Choose Plastic-Free Deodorant
    What benefits have you noticed after switching deodorant? Softer skin? Better scent? More peace of mind?

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    Jessie Roelofs 2/01/2021 12:23 PM
    I LOVE the scent of my new deodorant (which I got from our neighborhood buy nothing group from a neighbor who only used it once). The brand is Schmidt's and it's scented like lavender and sage. Feels like a special treat to get to wear it each day 

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    Jessie Roelofs 1/30/2021 4:05 PM
    Went on a walking tour of murals around an industrial area today and found LOTS of trash to pick up

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    Jessie Roelofs 1/28/2021 12:37 PM
    Found LOTS of trash today. Haven't quite cracked the code yet on where's the best place to look for it - especially in the winter.

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    Jessie Roelofs 1/27/2021 6:20 PM
    Been thinking a lot about clothing and microplastics and trying to mend/fix more items. It's been fun to build my confidence in this area!

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    Jessie Roelofs 1/26/2021 7:55 PM
    Super excited to learn that you can recycle contact lenses! 

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      Jessica Moe 1/31/2021 4:31 PM
      Yes! The clinic I work at collects contact lenses for recycling. Here is the link for others to find a recycling drop off near them :D 
      https://www.biotrueonedaylenses.com/one-by-one-recycling
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Jessie Roelofs 1/24/2021 9:03 PM
    I watched the PBS / Frontline documentary Plastic Wars. I learned how entirely cyclical the plastics problem is - environmentalists start to make noise about the plastics problem, plastic-producing companies soothe everyone's anxieties by saying they'll just make recycling streams better, folks get quieter, and then nothing changes. Over and over again. It's maddening and a really good reminder to just stop. consuming. plastic. (Easier said than done, of course). Also, seeing the fields full of American plastic in Indonesia is so so upsetting.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Jessie Roelofs 1/23/2021 3:03 PM
    I think it can be well utilized in multiple ways: 1) to share information and 2) to inspire others to do. Perhaps counterintuitively, I think a big part of inspiring others is showing failure. I think there's a notion that environmentalists or environmentally-minded people are judgey and will call you out if you're not perfect 100% of the time. I think sharing your goals and failures humanizes it and shows that no one is perfect (In the MRC class, hearing some of these "failures" from some of the presenters made me feel so much more at ease with my baby steps)